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The board of directors of Bethel Broadcasting, Inc. is proud to announce that Ashley Johnson of Bethel and Evan Petluska of Napaskiak are the recipients of the 2014 Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship.  They have each been awarded $1,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Johnson is attending the University of Alaska, Fairbanks majoring in science with a business minor.  Petluska is attending Kuskokwim Campus-UAF in Bethel pursuing a BA degree in Rural Development.

The Alexie Isaac Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006, in memory of Isaac, a long-time employee of Bethel Broadcasting.   Alexie’s broadcasting career at KYUK spanned almost three decades.  During that time he directed news broadcasts and other programs from the KYUK television studio, videotaped countless hours of news footage, Yup’ik elders, Yup’ik dance performances and many other aspects of Yup’ik culture.  Alexie was an accomplished Yup’ik language translator and was often called upon to do translation work on KYUK radio programs including Yup’ik News and television productions.  He worked on KYUK television programs, series and documentaries as photographer, editor, reporter, translator, producer and director.

Bethel Broadcasting awards two $1,000 scholarships each academic year in his memory.

For more information about applying for the 2015 scholarship, visit www.kyuk.org or call 907-543-3131.  The application deadline is August 1, 2015.

Amount of Scholarship
$1,000/academic year (two scholarships awarded)

Availability
Annually in the Fall Term.

Minimum Academic Requirements
Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of an accredited General Educational Development (GED) program and acceptance into a recognized post-secondary institution.

Scholarship Criteria
Candidate must be pursuing a degree or certified course of study and have completed at least one year of study in an accredited junior/community college, college, university or professional trade school.  Graduate students are not eligible.

Candidates pursuing media studies, public relations, journalism, radio and/or television broadcasting, media technology and engineering or a related field such as marketing or business management as a major course of study are given priority.   Applications from Candidates pursuing major studies in other fields, such as education, rural development and health care,  may also be considered.

Candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester. Candidates must be residents of the KYUK-AM 640 service area. The location of their institution is immaterial. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
Academic Performance, Discipline, Attitude, and Attendance.

A copy of the most recent academic transcript must accompany the application.

Download Application

Application Information Sheet

Learn more about Alexie Isaac

Amount of Scholarship
Two $1,000/academic year

Availability
Annually for academic year.

Application Deadline: August 1st

Minimum Academic Requirements
Graduation from an accredited high school or successful completion of an accredited General Educational Development (GED) program and acceptance into a recognized post-secondary institution.

Scholarship Criteria
Candidate must be pursuing a degree or certified course of study and have completed at least one year of study in an accredited junior/community college, college, university or professional trade school. Graduate students are not eligible.

Candidates pursuing media studies, public relations, journalism, radio and/or television broadcasting, media technology and engineering or a related field such as marketing or business management as a major course of study are given priority. Applications from Candidates pursuing major studies in other fields, such as education, rural development and health care, may also be considered.

Candidates must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per semester. Candidates must be residents of the KYUK-AM 640 service area. The location of their institution is immaterial. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
Academic Performance, Discipline, Attitude, and Attendance.

A copy of the most recent academic transcript must accompany the application.

Download Application

Application Information Sheet

Alexie Isaac’s broadcasting career at KYUK spanned almost three decades. During that time he directed news broadcasts and other programs from the KYUK television studio, videotaped countless hours of news footage, Yup’ik elders, Yup’ik dance performances and many other aspects of Yup’ik culture.

Alexie was an accomplished Yup’ik language translator and was often called upon to do translation work on KYUK radio programs including Yup’ik News and television productions. He worked on KYUK television programs, series and documentaries as photographer, editor, reporter, translator, producer and director.

Learn more about Alexie Isaac

INTRODUCTION
Since 1971 KYUK has taken pride in connecting much of the Y/K Delta with our radio service, found now at 640 AM. Unfortunately, our signal is too weak to reach most Yukon and coastal villages. Over the decades we’ve looked at several ways to reach villages like Emmonak at the mouth of the Yukon, and Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, but the cost and logistics have proven too steep to overcome. Now we’ve found a low cost way to broadcast to anywhere in the Y/K, but it will take a partnership that will involve tribes, corporations and schools.

CLASS D/ LOW POWER FM STATIONS
We are proposing to work with local organizations to build a low power FM station in every village that wants one. The technical term used by the Federal Communications Commission to describe these stations is Class D FM.

Class D FM stations can be used to repeat a mother-station (like KYUK). There is also the capability of switching to local broadcasts from there in the village. Special events, conferences, basketball games, student speeches, music shows, elder interviews, and anything imaginable could be broadcast from the village. It is also possible to feed that village broadcast back to KYUK for regional airing throughout the entire Y/K Delta.

CLASS D FM: ALREADY WORKING IN RURAL ALASKA
Nearly a dozen villages in the Northwest Arctic are currently receiving KOTZ out of Kotzebue, and several villages around Dillingham now listen to KDLG; this is all a result of Class D FM construction in those villages. Similar stations exist all over Alaska.

CONSTRUCTION COSTS
It will cost about $18,000 to build, ship and install the most basic Class D FM station. That would allow the station to serve only as a KYUK repeater. To build, ship and install a versatile station that could perform local and educational broadcasts would cost closer to $30,000.

TECHNOLOGY
There are several options but we are leaning towards a tie line. A tie line would allow us to send KYUK to your site as compressed audio. Then a device at your station would convert that into high quality audio and transmit that high quality sound over the air. A tie line would also allow for you to send your local broadcasts back to KYUK for regional broadcasting.

OTHER COSTS
Power Costs: Less than $1,000. The transmitters plug right into a wall socket.
Bandwidth: Minimal. Compressed audio doesn’t require much bandwidth or money.
Maintenance: $0-$2000 annually. The equipment is durable but nothing lasts forever.

STRATEGIC PLAN
There are approximately 20 villages that could benefit from a stronger KYUK signal. We are asking schools, tribes, municipalities and corporations to work together to invest in the creation of their own village station. Such organizations should complete a KYUK Class D FM Application. Then KYUK will prioritize the applications based on the village’s need, strength of local partnerships, and ability to invest capital into the project.

We will select two villages for our pilot projects set to start in 2014. We will then work year by year and village by village until every community that wants a strong KYUK signal has one.

To accomplish this we will rally support from regional and state funders, and we’ll host community based fundraising events throughout the Y/K Delta.

APPLYING
Application: KYUK Unification Project
If you would like to apply for a Class D FM station in your village please fill out the application found at our website, kyuk.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 4, 2014

STAY INFORMED
Radio Director, Shane Iverson is KYUK’s contact for this project. If you want to be included in the conversation email: shane@kyuk.org
Phone: (907) 543-0229
Website: kyuk.org

KYUK is embarking on a project to unify the entire Y/K Delta through our public radio station. While many villages receive uninterrupted reception of KYUK 640 AM, many others do not. Communities willing to build local partnerships aimed at improving their signal can become part of the Unification Project.

Application: KYUK Unification Project

The idea of the Unification Project is simple; we will work with your village to build low power FM stations that can repeat KYUK. Tribes, villages or schools could build their own mini-station into this repeater if they desire. These stations are inexpensive to build and cheap to operate, but KYUK can’t do it alone. From our pool of applicants we’ll select two pilot projects. Then we’ll continue to work over the coming years until every village has a strong KYUK signal.

For more detailed information about the KYUK Unification Project click here.

The deadline to apply is April 4, 2014.